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Three teams qualify from CONCACAF - the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

The Guyana Football Association was suspended by FIFA. As long as the suspension remained in force, Guyana would be prohibited from taking part in the preliminary competition for the 2002 World Cup Finals.

CONCACAF Qualifying

The qualification process for CONCACAF started with a series of regional preliminaries and a lot of pot luck.

6 teams in the Central America Zone.

25 teams in the Caribbean Zone; to include Bahamas, Bermuda and Canada.

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica, Travel to Jamaica Jamaica, Travel to Mexico Mexico, and Travel to USA United States received what amounted to a bye; having qualified for the previous three World Cups.

Preliminary Phase

Central American Zone

Central America A
Travel to El Salvador El Salvador
Travel to Guatemala Guatemala
Travel to Belize Belize
Central America B
Travel to Panama Panama
Travel to Honduras Honduras
Travel to Nicaragua Nicaragua

The winners of each group (El Salvador and Panama) qualified for part 2 of the qualification process, termed the semi-finals, while the two runners-up entered the Caribbean Zone's qualification in the 4th Round - called the Interzone.

Caribbean Zone

Three groups of eight, played a cup knockout to advance.

Caribbean Group 1

Travel to Cuba Cuba vs Travel to Cayman Islands Cayman Islands

Cuba vs Suriname

Cuba vs Barbados

Travel to St. Lucia St Lucia vs Travel to Suriname Suriname

Travel to Aruba Aruba vs Travel to Puerto Rico Puerto Rico

Aruba vs Barbados

Travel to Barbados Barbados vs Travel to Grenada Grenada

Barbados beat Cuba on penalties.

Caribbean Group 2

Travel to St. Vincent & Grenadines St. Vincent vs Travel to US Virgin Islands US Virgins

St. Vincent vs St. Kitts

Antigua vs St. Vincent

Travel to St. Kitts & Nevis St. Kitts vs Travel to Turks & Caicos Islands Turks & Caicos

Travel to Guyana Guyana vs Travel to Antigua & Barbuda Antigua

Antigua vs Bermuda

Travel to British Virgin Islands British Virgins vs Travel to Bermuda Bermuda

St Vincent beat Antigua 5:2 on aggregate.

Caribbean Group 3

Travel to Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad vs Travel to Netherlands Antilles Dutch Antilles

Trinidad vs Dominican Republic

Trinidad vs Haiti

Travel to Dominican Republic Dominican Republic vs Montserrat Montserrat

Travel to Dominica Dominica vs Travel to Haiti Haiti

Haiti vs Bahamas

Travel to Anguilla Anguilla vs Travel to Bahamas Bahamas

Trinidad & Tobago beat Haiti 4:2 on aggregate.

The 3 Caribbean Zone winners joined the winners of the two Central America groups and moved a step nearer to their goal, while the losers entered the Interzone challenge.

Interzone #1
Canada (bye) vs Loser of Caribbean 1 (Cuba)
Travel to Canada Canada won (1:0) on aggregate.

Interzone #2
Runner-up of Central America A  vs. Loser Caribbean 2
Travel to Guatemala Guatemala beat Antigua and Barbuda (9:1) on aggregate.

Interzone #3
Runner-up of Central America B  vs. Loser Caribbean 3
Travel to Honduras Honduras beat Haiti (7:1) on aggregate.

Semi-Final Phase

Eight teams then had the chance to compete against Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, and United States in the semi-final phase.

Costa Rica was not one of the seeded teams in the three groups.

Group C Group D Group E
Travel to Mexico Mexico Travel to Jamaica Jamaica Travel to USA USA
C2 D2 E2
C3 D3 E3
C4 D4 E4

Teams were pulled from Pot E first, with each one going into the second position in Groups C, D and E. Then Pots F and G, filling the third and fourth positions.

Pot E Pot F Pot G
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica Caribbean #1
Barbados
Interzone #1
Canada
1st Group A
El Salvador
Caribbean #2
St Vincent
Interzone #2
Guatemala
1st Group B
Panama
Caribbean #3
Trinidad
Interzone #3
Honduras

Semi-Final Stage

Group C

P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad 6 5 0 1 14/7 +7 15
Travel to Mexico Mexico 6 4 1 1 17/2 +15 13
Travel to Canada Canada 6 1 2 3 1/8 -7 5
Travel to Panama Panama 6 0 1 5 1/16 -15 1

Group D

P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to Honduras Honduras 6 5 0 1 25/5 +20 15
Travel to Jamaica Jamaica 6 4 0 2 7/4 +3 12
Travel to El Salvador El Salvador 6 3 0 3 13/13 -- 9
Travel to St. Vincent & Grenadines St. Vincent 6 0 0 6 2/25 -23 0

Group E

P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to USA United States 6 3 2 1 14/3 +11 11
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica 6 3 1 2 9/6 +3 10
Travel to Guatemala Guatemala 6 3 1 2 9/6 +3 10
Travel to Barbados Barbados 6 1 0 5 3/20 -17 3

Play-off for Group E's second place spot.

6th January, 2001 in Miami (USA)
Costa Rica 5 - Guatemala 2

Final Qualification

The winners and runners-up of the three semi-final groups then entered another round robin, home and away.

P W D L F/A Dif Pts
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica 10 7 2 1 17/7 +10 23
Travel to Mexico Mexico 10 5 2 3 16/9 +7 17
Travel to USA United States 10 5 2 3 11/8 +3 17
Travel to Honduras Honduras 10 4 2 4 17/17 -- 14
Travel to Jamaica Jamaica 10 2 2 6 7/14 -7 8
Travel to Trinidad & Tobago Trinidad 10 1 2 7 5/18 -13 5

The top three qualified for the 2002 World Cup Finals.

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